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A second chance for veterans

Supreme Court Justice Clarence argued last week in his opinion in Gamble v. United States that a judge's duty to interpret the Constitution trumps stare decisis, and if the courts got it wrong in the past, then they need to fix it rather than stick with incorrect precedent. (Associated Press/File)

Originalism meets bad precedent

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A Chinese national flag flutters near the surveillance cameras mounted on a lamp post in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Friday, March 15, 2019. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday denied Beijing tells its companies to spy abroad, refuting U.S. warnings that Chinese technology suppliers might be a security risk. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China's chilling pre-crime prison indoctrination system

- The Washington Times

BBC News, equipped with cameras, went inside one of China's village reeducation camps -- and emerged not just with footage that would make a freedom-loving American gasp and gag, but also with prescient proof of why runaway Big Tech is bad for the Constitution. It's called jail first, ask questions later.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for legislation to cancel all student debt, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Holocaust Museum's subtle slap at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

- The Washington Times

The United States Holocaust Museum issued a statement making clear that comparisons of Nazi concentration camps with other matters of historical record or modern-day news are inappropriate. And though museum officials didn't name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they might as well have.

Congress dithering as usual

President Trump had given U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the go-ahead to "legally" begin removing more than 1 million illegals in our country. Now, after approximately two-and-a-half years of "resist at all costs," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked the president for more time. Mr. Trump, offering more consideration than he has been shown by the Democrats, has agreed. Offering a two-week delay, Congress now has a very short time to do what they could have done years ago.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks briefly with reporters at a bipartisan bill signing ceremony but delayed taking questions on Iran until later, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Deporting the illegals

Tough words softened by gentle deeds are preferable to gentle words trampled by rough and reckless action. President Trump vows to begin deporting illegal immigrants by the millions, a campaign promise that helped elect him and may well do so again. He didn't invent the chaos on the border, but he is the first president to try to do something about it. The nation yearns for an equitable immigration system that enables the orderly entry of foreign nationals without infringing the rights of law-abiding Americans. There's nothing in the president's words or deeds that dash that wish.

Failure to respond a failure overall

Recently, the Iranian military shot down a high-altitude U.S. drone over international waters in the Straight of Hormuz. There was no proportionate response by the United States. Instead, President Trump called off an attack against the targets due to the potential for collateral damage. This move told us that killing people would not be a proportionate response to the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone. Yet I believe that a proportionate response was required to avoid future such Iranian attacks.

Recalling the compelling life of a true champion

Thousands of tourists flock to Philadelphia for the historic sites and other attractions, and many of them venture to the Philadelphia Art Museum's steps, where actor Sylvester Stone ran up them famously as the fictional boxer in the 1976 film "Rocky."

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Saudi dissident: Kingdom's economy is faltering

We've spoken with Ali al-Ahmed from the Gulf Institute several times in the recent past and with tensions rising in the Middle East we thought it would be helpful to discuss the current positioning of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, and surrounding area.

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